Home Uncategorized NY Post, Fox News Mostly Ignoring Murdoch-News of the World Hacking Scandal

If your only source of information is Rupert Murdoch‘s New York Post or Foxnews.com, then here’s some news you have missed: Murdoch has been forced to close his London based 168 year old News of the World tabloid. The reason is that the editors and reporters are involved in a huge scandal that involves them having hacked into the phone calls and messages of celebrities as well as regular people and even some dead ones. They may have also hacked the former prime minister Gordon Brown, and enlisted the help of the Queen’s Police. In the UK, Murdoch’s Times of London is covering the story right up to the minute.

But here in New York, the Murdoch owned Post is simply ignoring the whole thing. There was a brief mention the other day that News of the World was closing. But today’s story about the scandal is written passively with an oblique headline and found on the Post website only by doing an advanced search. That leads to buried links to stories from other sources, even the Murdoch owned Wall Street Journal and papers in Australia. There are some video links on the Post site to Reuters.

On Foxnews.com: mentions in the World News section, but nothing on the front page.

Readers of The Post and Foxnews.com may not know, for example, that Rupert and James Murdoch and Rebekah Brooks have been summoned to Parliament to explain what’s happened. And Post readers don’t know that current prime minister David Cameron is now encouraging Murdoch to step back from his bid to take full control of BSkyB. According to the AP: “Prime Minister David Cameron’s office said the government would vote with the opposition Labour Party on Wednesday to support a motion calling on Murdoch and his News Corp. to withdraw the $12 billion bid for highly profitable satellite broadcaster BSkyB.”

On the other hand, local police reporter Jamie Schram has a good story in the Post today about a Warner Music employee who’s charged with ripping the record company off for $700,000. So you can’t have everything!

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
3 replies to this post
  1. To the comment above. Stop your whining, he isnt being callous. He wa sonly ever focusing on how main murdoch owned media outlets are ignoring the issue. He never meant to speak on the victims themselves.

  2. I don’t get it. This a huge story in Europe. The ‘dead ones’ you refer to was a 14 year old girl who had been brutally murdered and her parents were led to believe that she was still alive by messages that were hacked into her cell phone by NTW-sometimes you are unbelievably callous, Roger. They also released medical records of certain politicians’ children! Anything for a story right guys? I for one, hope this is the end of Monopoly Murdoch, he was and is a sleazebag!!!!! MMH ps Doesn’t surprise me that NYP doesn’t cover this, orders from the boss!!!

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